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Gold mine owners stop development as PSNI turns down security cover requested

The owners of a gold mine in Northern Ireland have halted its development after police refused to provide their requested levels of anti-terrorism security cover.

Galantas Gold Corporation said the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) was not prepared to offer sufficient resources to supervise the transportation and denotation of blasting materials at its mine in Omagh, Co Tyrone. Galantas sourced gold from an open cast mine in the area up until 2013 . It has secured planning permission to excavate underground seams for the next 15 years with projections of extracting 30 million worth of gold a year.

The mining security requirement is in place in Northern Ireland to guard against the potential threat posed by dissident republican terror groups. The company said the PSNI had offered two hours of cover, two days a week – in exchange for a fee. Galantas said that was insufficient to run the mine and offered to pay the police for two hours of cover, five days a week – albeit reserving the right to challenge the policy of recovering costs in the courts.

It said the PSNI rejected that offer, citing resource constraints and competing priorities. The company is now pursuing a potential legal action against the PSNI, claiming other mining companies have not been subject to the same limitations on police resources. Galantas currently employs 15 people at the Omagh site, five of whom have now been placed on notice of redundancy .

It had envisaged employing around 130 once the planned underground mining operation was running.

Roland Phelps, president and CEO of Galantas, said: “The PSNI’s decision is clearly a blow to any proposed mine development in Northern Ireland and negatively affects the livelihoods of our employees and their families.

“The company pays full UK taxes, royalties and mineral license fees.

“A cost benefit analysis of PSNI providing the required anti-terrorism cover required by PSNI is hugely to the state’s benefit – not that this is any reason to allow a potential terrorist threat to interfere with any citizen’s lawful rights or business.”

PSNI Chief Superintendent Kevin Dunwoody said: “There are many competing demands for the resources that PSNI commanders have at their disposal.

“They must prioritise those demands in a way that maximises the safety of the public and their officers and works to counter threats, to mitigate risk and to alleviate harm.

“Working with others to support their efforts for the development of enterprise and the economy is important to PSNI.

“It is, however, reasonable to expect a commercial venture to contribute all or part of the policing costs where it is legitimate and proportionate to do so.”

CP driver information blog

CP Driver Information BlogHi people. Not sure if the mods will like this post, but I have contacted them to ask, but no reply from them. I would like opinions as to whether my below idea would be of use to anyone.

I am thinking that towards the end of the year, I would like to start a blog up writing on CP driving and other areas. I’m not sure yet how to format it though, or who to run it through. I recently posted a thread about advanced driving on CPW, which had been viewed nearly 2000 times, there was some great feedback, and my hope was that it might be useful to some of you, as I know many are keen to enhance your skills, and want work. So the subject I wish to cover firstly, would be to relate information and knowledge of CP driving methods. From why you should do training, what the roles and responsibilities are, security, aspects of advanced driving etc etc. A big subject. You can check my profile to see my background if that helps. Now I know that some driving techniques are covered in a CP course, but I also know, that some trainers actually haven’t done that much CP driving. The driver, Principal or back up, can be looked down on.

Wrong. A good driver can save heartache, embarrassment and lives, if trained properly. Other than perhaps the PPO, the driver is the one to get the Principal away from danger, if it hits the fan. What I would like to do, is blog, let’s say monthly at first, skills, techniques, tips, I have learnt over the years, and hopefully include include something you don’t know? This will be free information. I’m not charging anyone. I am hoping it will help some who, either decide to complete a course, or for those going on one soon and to give a heads up on what’s required, or those who may just want a bit more info and a good read-I hope. If this goes well, I may extend it to basic CP drills, etc, as it is in a manual. Let’s face it, all the manual info us already in books and in the net, so I doubt I’ll be divulging ‘secrets’.

I realise there will be some TPs who may be thinking that I’m giving away info, that I’m taking away the need for them? but hopefully what this may do, is enhance your students with a bit of foresight before your course, and they might just become better students, let alone operatives. I must say here and now, reading about something is good, but it is no match for taking physical and practical instruction on a course as well, you need both. All I want to do is impart what I have learnt over years, to those who haven’t had my background. So is it worth my time and trouble. Be honest, if there’s no point, I’ll keep quiet. Many thanks.

Horse 49 So, do you think it’s worth me doing it?

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Tributes paid to Westminster victims as security is ramped up at Wembley ahead for England vs Lithuania

Police have implemented extreme security at Wembley for England’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania following the terror attack in Westminster1 this week. Reinforced vans and additional presence on the ground has been deployed around the home of the national team after the attack in the capital on Wednesday. The St George’s flag is flying at half mast at Wembley as security is ramped up following the terror attack in Westminster earlier this week.

England2 take on Lithuania at the national stadium and tributes will be paid ahead of kick-off.

A minute’s silence will be observed as football remembers those that lost their lives in the atrocity, while the death of former England boss Graham Taylor will also be acknowledged. Extra security has been drafted in around the ground as London reacts to the attack3 which saw five people, including the terrorist, lose their lives.

Security is ramped up at Wembley

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is attending the game and has called on football to unite.

“We ll stand together at Wembley to remember those killed & injured in Wednesday s attack & show we will never be cowed by terrorism,” he said. An FA spokesperson added: Fan safety is of paramount importance and we have robust security measures in place at Wembley Stadium.

The England flag at half mast England take on Lithuania Tributes will be paid to Graham Taylor

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“In collaboration with the local authorities and the Metropolitan Police there will be an enhanced security operation for the England v Lithuania match on Sunday, to ensure a safe and secure environment for spectators.

“All supporters are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to avoid any delays in entering the stadium.

Search dog patrols outside Wembley Police outside the stadium The Bobby Moore statue

Jermaine Defoe4 has been handed a first England5 start in four years by Gareth Southgate for the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

The Sunderland striker has been in superb form this season with 14 Premier League goals and has been rewarded with a chance to shine at Wembley in the starting line-up.6

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is another surprise starter in an exciting, attack-minded line-up that also includes Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana.

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